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Gretta Harley

Gretta Harley is a musician, composer, and music educator based in Seattle. She was also one of the co-founders of Home Alive, an anti-violence teaching collective that formed in response to the 1993 murder of musician, Mia Zapata (The Gits). Her most recent project is entitled, These Streets, a play she has co-written with bandmate, Sarah Rudinoff (We are Golden) based on oral histories of women who have been written out of the history of the Grunge era. These oral histories make visible oft-forgotten narratives of women musicians; they will be included in our digital archive.

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A classically trained pianist, Gretta was playing music during the grunge years in bands Maxi Badd, Danger Gens, Eyefulls, and in solo performances in clubs all over Seattle and nationally. She co-founded the organization Home Alive and co-produced its first record on SONY Records. She began teaching, writing and directing music at Cornish College of the Arts shortly after earning a composition degree there 10 years ago (a severe hand injury took her out of the playing arena for 7 years). She has written and directed music for productions at Intiman, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O, Hugo House, the Tribes Project and dozens of productions at Cornish. She co-conceived of and co-wrote "These Streets" (with Sarah Rudinoff and Elizabeth Kenny), a theatrical play they call a Rock 'n Roll Story: the untold story of female musicians of the grunge era;" and historic addendum adding women to history. (www.thesestreets.org) Gretta is half of the music project, We Are Golden, who plan to release a full length release of new music on Fin Records summer 2013.

For more information about Gretta go to http://www.grettaharleymusic.com/

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